02 May 2013 11:30
Strategic partners Etihad Airways and Air France have announced a number of new codeshare destinations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe for summer 2013.
The expansion of codeshare services follows last October’s
strategic agreement between the respective national carriers to foster closer
commercial ties, build an expanded global network, and deliver unrivalled
travel options for customers.
Now placing its EY flight code on Air France flights between Paris-Charles
de Gaulle (CDG), Oslo and Stockholm, Etihad Airways expects to build on the
existing joint codeshare routes from Paris-CDG to Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Madrid,
Nice and Toulouse.
Subject to further regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways expects to
be able to place its EY code soon on Air France flights between Paris-CDG,
Lisbon and Marseilles. The UAE flag carrier flies twice daily between Abu
Dhabi and Paris.
Air France is placing its AF code on Etihad Airways’ daily flights
from Abu Dhabi to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and to two cities in
Australia – Melbourne and Sydney. The
French carrier expects to be able to place its AF code shortly on Etihad
Airways services between Singapore and Brisbane.
Furthermore and subject to regulatory approvals, Air France
foresees placing its AF code on routes between Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu.
The airline already places its AF code on Etihad Airways’ operated
flights between Paris-CDG and Abu Dhabi, and onwards to Colombo, Mahé (Seychelles)
and Male (Maldives).
Dominique Patry, Vice President International Affairs and
Alliances at Air France said: “Our
strategic partnership with Etihad Airways continues to flourish and, as a
result of the expansion of codeshare services, our travellers now have enhanced
access to Abu Dhabi and to key cities in Africa, Australia Asia and Europe."
Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad
Airways, said: “Enhancing connectivity, making the journey easier and
more enjoyable, increasing choice, and seamlessly integrating operations over
each airline’s respective hub, continues to underpin our strategy for building
a world-class global network.”
addition to the codeshare with Air France, Etihad Airways has 42 other
codeshare agreements in place with airlines across the world. Codeshare
partnerships, along with equity acquisitions and organic growth, form the three
pillars of Etihad Airways’ expansion plans.